Data Scout Notes: 2017: 12-05-17 - Announced Early Entry into 2018 NFL Draft/Skipping Bowl Game/1stC...PBednarik/PMaxwell...2016: (+) Sept 2016 Knee INJ, Out for 2016/NAC...PWalterCamp/PThorpe/PNagurski/PBednarik/PLott...2015: 3rdM
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12/12/17 - 2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): S Derwin James, So., Florida State, 109 Votes,...James is FSU's 124th first-team All-ACC honoree and 37th under head coach Jimbo Fisher. James has been a factor on every level of the Seminoles' defense this season, recording 72 tackles, including 5.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, two interceptions, 11 pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and one blocked field goal. The Haines City, Florida, native also has returned six kickoffs for 170 yards for an average of 28.3 yards per return. - Florida State Football
12/05/17 - Derwin James has announced that he is leaving Florida State and will enter the NFL draft. The redshirt sophomore safety made his announcement via Instagram on Tuesday and also said that he will not play in the Seminoles' Dec. 27 Independence Bowl game against Southern Mississippi. James said last week that he planned on playing in the bowl game, but that was before coach Jimbo Fisher resigned to take the Texas A&M coaching job. James was the only FSU player to earn a first-team, All-ACC selection. He had 84 tackles, which was second on Florida State, two interceptions (which included a Pick Six) and one sack after missing most of 2016 with a knee injury. He is projected to be among the first defensive backs taken in next April's draft and would likely be among the top 15 overall players selected. - AP College Football
12/05/17 - Florida State safety Derwin James has declared for the NFL draft and will not play in the Seminoles' upcoming Independence Bowl matchup against Southern Mississippi, the redshirt sophomore announced Tuesday. James is projected as a first-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com. "On to the next chapter of my life I will be entering the 2018 NFL Draft and will not participate in the bowl game, FOREVER NOLE NATION #dj3," James wrote on his Instagram account. James was Florida State's lone All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team selection this season after being the Seminoles' second-leading tackler with 84 stops. He also has two interceptions and one sack. Thanks in part to James, Florida State (6-6) won its regular-season finale against Louisiana Monroe to become bowl eligible for a 36th consecutive season. James led the Seminoles with 12 total tackles and a quarterback hurry. - The Sports Xchange
09/27/17 - S Derwin James is second on the team in tackles with 14 through two games. However, defense isn't where you should watch for James this week. Special teams, and maybe even offense, is where you might see James make his biggest impact against Wake Forest. With FSU needing a spark on special teams in the second half, James returned a kickoff 49 yards. Coach Jimbo Fisher has long toyed with putting him on offense as well, so don't be surprised with Florida State 0-2 if you see James returning kicks and playing a snap or two of offense this week.
09/26/17 - Arguably the best prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft, Florida State redshirt sophomore DS Derwin James (6-2, 211, 4.52, #3) has been very up-and-down in his return from injury this season, which was fully illustrated against N.C. State. On one hand, when he unlocks his hips and runs, his closing speed is special, covering a ton of ground. James has the body control and awareness to get a jump on plays vs. both the pass and the run, creating chaos for the offense. However, he has also struggled in some areas, specifically in space when asked to make stops.
In the second quarter, the Wolfpack had a 71-yard touchdown play that wouldn't have happened if James was able to make the open field tackle. But he waited on the ballcarrier, turned his hips to make the conservative tackle and couldn't compensate when Jakobi Meyers cut the opposite way, taking it the distance. While clearly a negative play, it also brings up the question – does James fully trust his surgically repaired knee? Based on talent, he is one of the top five prospects in the country, but that question could linger into the pre-draft process. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com